Wesley So 0.5 – 0.5 Carlos Silva

Yuri Rochev 1-0 Eduard Valeanu

Craig Pritchett 1 – 0 Consantin Vogel


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  3. Adam says:

    instead of 74…a3 black can play 74…Bh6 75.g7 Bxg7 76.Kxg7 a3 77.Kf7 a2 78. g6 a1Q 79.g7 Qf1+ 80.Ke7 Kxb7 81.g8Q Qxd3
    the difference is that now white has no second pawn on the g file and black is a pawn up, anyway without deep analyse i think there should be draw.


    • Pete Morriss says:

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your comment and your interest – but I think Yury still had a win. If 74 … Bh6, white doesn’t play 75 g7, but takes the bishop with the pawn on g5. Then white queens both his king-side pawns. However, I think you might have meant 74 … Bh8, when you’re quite right that 75 g7 is good for black. However, Yury again had a resource: he would have played 75 Kg8! Now 75 … Bg7, 76 Kxg7 is the same as the game but black is a tempo down, so black’s only chance is 75 … a3, 76 Kxh8 a2, 77 g7 a1(Q), 78 g8(Q) Kxb7, 79 g6 and black cannot stop the second g-pawn queening. So the line that black played is actually his best try.
      All the best,
      Pete Morriss

  4. Jimmy says:

    Can’t black claim a draw after 61.Be1 Ke7?

    • Pete says:

      Yes, you’re right. Yury was being a little careless allowing this repetition, though it doesn’t take away from the excellent finish. It might be worth mentioning that Yury’s opponent’s body language round about move 61 suggested that he thought the game was such a clear draw that he didn’t need to check for repetition, and that Yury was just being stupid moving his bishop about aimlessly. So 70 Ba5 came as a huge shock to him. If he’d been more alert to the danger he would have claimed the draw, and we would never have seen this beautiful endgame sacrifice. Which would have been a shame!

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  • Upcoming Events for Galway Chess Club

    Casual meetings every Tuesday in Monroe’s Tavern from 8pm, and the calendar for official club events (which take place every Thursday upstairs in the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s Road) is detailed below:

    5th – Coaching – 20:00
    12th – Winter League Rd 3 – 19:30
    19th – Christmas Blitz & Close – 19:45
    9th – Re-opening blitz 19:45
    16th – Winter League Rd 4 – 19:30
    23rd – Rapidplay – 20:00
    30th – Coaching – 20:00
    6th – Winter League Rd 5 – 19:30
    13th – Rapid – 20:00
    20th – Blitz – 19:45
    27th – Coaching – 20:00
    5th – Winter League Rd 6 – 19:30
    12th – Rapid – 20:00
    19th – Blitz 19:45
    20th-22nd Galway Chess Congress
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April (TBD)


  • Club Competitions

    Galway Winter League standings:

    Name Rating Points
    David Andreu 1800 2
    Pete Morriss 1821 2
    Denis Ruchko 1989 2
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 2
    Johannes Hertel 1989 2
    Paul Ward 1466 1.5
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 1.5
    James Blackwell 1079 1
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 1
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 1
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 1
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 1
    Oisin Hodgins 800 1
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 1
    Bill Delee 1043 1
    David Cunningham 898 1
    Pete Donlon 844 1
    Yaron Bachrach 1400 0
    Andrew Barber 1395 0
    Scott Reilly 798 0
    Gerard Abberton 1354 0

    Monthly blitz winners:

    Month Winner Grading Prize
    November Brian Gallagher Ger Abberton
    “Halloween” Jason Rawlinson/Johannes Hertel Hamza Celik
    October Jason Rawlinson Brian Gallagher
    September Pete Morriss James Sharkey
    August Zalan Nemeth Paul Ward
    July Jason Rawlinson David Cunningham
    June Denis Ruchko Ger Abberton
    May Pete Morriss Andrew Finnerty
    April Zalan Nemeth
    March Zalan Nemeth Andrew Finnerty
    February Pete Morriss Yuliya Makarenko/ Shane Murray
    January Zalan Nemeth Brendan McNelis